Natural World Photo Explorations | Pinhole Photography

Pinhole image of a plant up close.

Join professional photographer Cath Adams this summer on a journey as we jump back into the roots of photography with one of the most authentic ways to capture a photographic image, the Pinhole Camera!  We will start from the ground up by exploring the components of the pinhole camera, learning how to load film, camera mechanics on how the pinhole works, and capturing images of the beauty that surrounds Hallam Lake and the local area mountains and Rock Bottom Ranch. We will then explore the modern world of digital photography and how they to compare. The skill of patience will be explored as the film needs to be sent away for processing and scans will be emailed at a later date!
History of the pinhole dates back to 300 B.C. and in the 16th century, Italian polymath, Leonardo Da Vinci documented a description on how the camera obscura (pinhole camera) works. Without a lens but a tiny aperture, the pinhole camera is a simple light-proof box where light passes through the aperture from a scene you are capturing and projects an image on film. Pinhole photography provides a rich artistic learning experience and skills that can be used in everyday life such as learning by doing and making decisions along the way. You engage in your explorations by capturing what you feel and not necessarily what you see as you will never know exactly what you will get until you see the developed image.
Included in tuition (valued at $50):
2 rolls of 120 film
Processing and Scans
Bring your own digital camera with EMPTY memory card, FULL batteries, and card reader or cable. You'll get the most out this photo workshop by knowing how to use your photo equipment. So, pick up your camera and brush up on the photo basics prior to this workshop!

What To Bring:

Pack a backpack with snack, lunch, reusable water bottle, rain jacket, warm layer, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Please remember to label everything. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toed shoes - no open-toe sandals!

How To Get There:

Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to ACES at Hallam Lake whenever possible! Parking is extremely limited and alternate transportation is fun and saves the planet.

BIKE BOARD CHALLENGE: In the summer, every time you come to Hallam Lake in something other than your own car you will earn a sticker to place on our Bike Board. Bike Board participants are entered to win great prizes all summer long including local gift certificates, bike accessories, ACES classes, reusable bags, and more. 

PARKING LOT: Limited parking is available for Hallam Lake visitors only. Please park efficiently. Drop-off overflow parking for Hallam Lake programs is available in the West End (2 hour free parking) with an easy walk down the stairs to the center. We are an IDLE FREE community. 


Art, Wildlife and Hiking



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  • Kids : 10, 11, 12, 13 and over
  • Spots Available:

    • Class maximum: 10
    • Spots available: 0. There are currently no spots available, please add the class to your cart to join the waitlist.
    Registration closed on 08/01/2019